Over Easter my friend Sera was raving about a cake her mum makes and offered to share the recipe for this divine cake with me! So on arriving back to work after Easter and checking my emails, I was very excited to find she had generously sent the recipe to me!
This dessert cake is a twist on the traditional Kiwi Pavlova. The cake still has the same consistency of a traditional Pavlova, with the crispy, crunchy outer shell. But the addition of the chopped almonds, chocolate and dates means the inner is denser than the traditional light fluffy inner of a Pavlova. It is a great alternative to the traditional Pavlova that typically comes out over summer. Even though it to is served cold, it is a great treat as the temperature starts to drop, as during the cooking, the dates and chocolate melt through the cake, giving it a rich, sticky flavour and texture.
The first time I made this cake I was of course generous in my servings, but after the first few mouthfuls realised my eyes had been way too big for my stomach! A thin slice is ample to satisfy even the sweetest tooth, making this cake perfect for large groups.